Editing is going well

Love or Lust is going according to schedule.  I’m actually a little upset about this; I’d hoped I was being pessimistic when I decided on the schedule I gave myself.  Still, could be worse.

I will be updating the sample tomorrow or Wednesday — I hope.  I certainly will have it updated sometime before 4 July.

The pricing for the eBook still isn’t completely decided.  I’m considering us$4.99 (and comparable pricing across other currencies in other countries), us$3.99, or us$1.99.   I’m also seriously considering making it 99¢ for the first couple of weeks or so.

Either way I will do random discount codes, including free vouchers, for the eBook in blog posts during the month of July for the various eBook stores that give such options.

I rather agree with this.

I honestly do not believe for a moment, that piracy loses sales. I know many people who pirate books, movies, games, music, software, etc. who wouldn’t have bought the item in the first place. The difference is, though, that they’re still a customer. Not a paying one, no, but one who may become enamoured with your work. This love could translate into future sales (movie pirates who then buy fancy boxed sets of the blue rays, or a leather-bound hardcover edition of a book). They certainly will TALK.  A lot.

Example: Walking Dead fans. Do you realise how many people watch that by downloading whole seasons?! Know how many of THOSE people went out to buy the fancy Blu-Ray set with the zombie head case? Know how many of them told friends who got curious enough that they watched it on Netflix, or iTunes, or VOD? Guess what — THAT’s money back to the studio.
DRM doesn’t do anything more, in my opinion and mind, than annoy people who purchased the product. The folks inclined to pirate will just break the DRM somehow, or will move on to something else while utterly ignoring you.

The Wandering Barefoot Editor

When an author decides to self-publish an eBook a decision that must be made is whether to DRM your book or not. DRM (Digital Rights Management) allows an author to encrypt their book to prevent illegal sharing. A lot of authors worry that readers will steal their material so they enable DRM. This is counter-productive when the same author wants to get their name out there and become known. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising there is so use it to your advantage. So what if a small handful of readers acquire your book without paying for it. If the book is good that reader is more likely to check out what else you have written, buy other books, and tell their friends about the book they read. By enabling DRM readers can’t buy an eBook and convert it to use on their device.

For example, I know of an eBook that was bought on Amazon with…

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